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** FILE ** In this Feb. 13, 2011 photo, Chuck Brown arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Brown, who styled a unique brand of funk music as a singer, guitarist and songwriter known as the "godfather of go-go," died Wednesday, May 16, 2012 after suffering from pneumonia. He was 75. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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** FILE ** In this Feb. 13, 2011 photo, Chuck Brown arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Brown, who styled a unique brand of funk music as a singer, guitarist and songwriter known as the "godfather of go-go," died Wednesday, May 16, 2012 after suffering from pneumonia. He was 75. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Raufu Bay of Washington, D.C., sells Chuck Brown souvenir buttons outside of the Howard Theatre, as the body of Chuck Brown lies in repose at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Mr. Brown died on May 16, 2012. He was 75.(Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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A man holds a program for the memorial service for D.C. Go-Go icon Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people came out to say goodbye to the D.C. legend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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The image of musician Chuck Brown looms over relatives, friends and fans Thursday as they leave the Washington Convention Center after a memorial service. A crowd of more than 9,000 attended the nearly four-hour-long event honoring Brown. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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People leave the memorial service for D.C. Go-Go icon Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A woman hands over her ticket to get her program for the memorial service for D.C. Go-Go icon Chuck Brown, heldThursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people came out to say goodbye to the D.C. legend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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People listen to tributes during the memorial service for Chuck Brown, the so-called Godfather of Go-Go, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 31, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A man wears a "We Love You Chuck!" shirt at the memorial service for D.C. Go Go icon Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A man and his son walk back to their seats at the memorial service for D.C. Go-Go icon Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people came out to say goodbye to the D.C. legend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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People at the memorial service for D.C. Go-Go icon Chuck Brown raise their hands towards his family to bring blessings upon them. The service was held Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people came out to say goodbye to the D.C. legend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A man and woman in the crowd stand to get a better view of one of the tributes during the memorial service for Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event included several musical tributes to the man they call the Godfather of Go Go. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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People take pictures with cell phones as Chuck Brown's grandson is seen on the large screen approaching the casket during the memorial service for D.C. Go Go icon Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people came out to say goodbye to the D.C. legend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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"His music was the gospel with a beat. It fed your spirit," says Bonnie Reynolds of Chuck Brown. She said she went to shows since she was 8, and she would take her children to see Chuck Brown every year. She was one of thousands at the memorial service for the D.C. Go-Go icon Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Veleta Terry listens to performances and tributes during the memorial service for D.C. Go Go icon Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Priscilla Thompson, left, and her best friend Gwen West, who both credit Chuck Brown as the reason they got an education, cheer as Marion Barry takes the stage at the memorial service for D.C. Go-Go icon Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, The two women said they grew up on Go-Go. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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"My heart is breaking," said Gwen West, who grew up on Go Go and said Chuck Brown is the reason she got an education. She came with her best friend to the memorial service for D.C. Go Go icon Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people came out to say goodbye to the D.C. legend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Men stand guard at the casket at the memorial service for D.C. Go Go icon Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people came out to say goodbye to the D.C. legend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A man holds a program for the memorial service for D.C. Go-Go icon Chuck Brown Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Thousands of people came out to say goodbye to the D.C. legend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Artwork depicting the image of Chuck Brown rests up against the barricades as his body lies in repose at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Mr. Brown died on May 16, 2012. He was 75.(Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)